The Briggs Automotive Company, though far from a household name, is notable for one very important thing: its first (and so far, only) car, the BAC Mono.
Presumably named for its single seat, the BAC Mono is a road-legal sportscar with real racing pedigree. It weighs in at around 1,200 pounds, shifts with a Formula 3-spec sequential gearbox, and – until recently – shoved its meager mass toward the horizon with the might of a 285 HP, 2.3-liter Ford Duratec engine from Cosworth.
Until recently. Because at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Briggs Automotive rolled out the 2016 model year Mono, with a displacement of 2.5 liters, and a more-than-adequate 305 HP courtesy of Mountune. Weight has increased marginally to 1,280 pounds, giving the 2016 BAC Mono a ratio of just over 4 pounds per HP to play with.
The 2016 BAC Mono, with its more potent 2.5-liter engine, managed an unofficial hill climb time of just 47.9 seconds. If accurate, that would hand the one-seater sportscar the all-time record for fastest road car. In fact, even powered by the earlier 2.3-liter Cosworth engine, the BAC Mono managed a time of 1:14.3 – faster than every street-legal car on road tires apart from the Pagani Huayra.
If you’re living in the ‘States and don’t want to miss out on the BAC Mono fun, Autoblog reports that the company already has a US importer, and a few of these super-capable road rockets can already be spotted roaming the streets.